Yoga and relaxation holiday, Scotland

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Responsible tourism: Yoga and relaxation holiday, Scotland

Environment

Everything we do is aimed at making a positive impact on the people who stay with us and on the people, places and communities that we introduce them to.

Last year we were awarded a Virgin Responsible Tourism award. We were “Highly commended” in our category "Best tour operator for local experiences". We were delighted, as we are just a small family run company, doing what we love doing and trying to do it the best way possible. It was a great feeling to be told we are at the forefront of responsible tourism. We do not have marketing managers or specific targets we know we should meet, we have just done it this way because we know it is the right way to run our business, to take care of the environment and community around us.


We believe passionately in protecting our local environment. This is especially significant here as we are fortunate to live and work in the middle of an area internationally renowned for its rich ecology and untamed wilderness. We have started a long term program of work in Crochail Wood, which is designed to increase the quantity and diversity of wildlife that it contains. Amongst the nationally and locally significant species which we are seeking to protect and improve habitats for are red squirrels, pine martins, black grouse, pearl-bordered fritillaries, Scottish wild cats, smooth and palmate newts and other, less glamorous, species such as various lichens, fungi and invertebrates.

We source local produce to cut down on food miles and to avoid buying from large, industrial agri-businesses. Most of our fruit and vegetables come from small farms on or near the Black Isle and is organic or naturally grown if available. Our principal butcher buys their meat 'on the hoof' at a nearby market from local farmers and it is slaughtered and butchered locally as well, improving wellfare for the livestock and the quality of the meat. Our fish comes mostly from nearby east coast fishing ports and our shell fish from independant fishermen on the west coast, including creel caught langoustine and hand dived scallops.

We re-use and recycle all that we can, from paper in the office to fishing rope washed up on the beach. We compost all are food waste.

We are very aware of the natural unspoilt beauty of the area and endeavour to help keep it that way. On visits to the seaside we carry a few bin bags so we can do a stint beach cleaning before leaving. We encourage clients to adopt the responsible tourist's mantra: "leave only foot prints, take only photographs".

We arrange local experts to give talks on the wildlife of our region, highlighting their work and specific problems that some species have. We support local charities including the RSBP and the Highland Animal Hospital.

Community

We ensure that as much of the money generated from our holidays goes into the local economy as is possible. We only source services and products from outside the local area as a last resort.

We help support other small businesses and sole-traders in the locality by dealing with them in preference to larger businesses when ever possible.

We want guests to go home feeling not just revitalised, but also with greater appreciation of all that the Scottish Highlands have to offer; the breath-taking landscapes, outstanding natural history, world-class ingredients and the richness of its ancient and historic past.
We recognise the importance of the positive effect we can have on our local economy and also on the wider Highland rural economy.

Our commitment to using local services wherever possible includes sourcing locally for all our accommodation and transport, for virtually all the food we serve and most of the experts that we use.

We generate employment and revenue for local people and businesses including farmers, stalkers, market stall holders, fishermen, mountain guides, environmentalists, artists, craftsmen, childminders, taxi drivers, bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.

Almost all the revenue generated by our holidays goes into the local economy and most of it doesn't even leave the glen! The Highlands of Scotland is a sparsely populated area dominated by massive tract of mountainous wilderness. Our business helps to support and expand a regional network of like-minded individuals. We help to encourage cohesion and skill-sharing amongst craft practitioners and our other specialists.

The nature of many of our specialists' professions can lead to a fairly solitary or isolated existence for periods of the year (or permanently!). For many of them it is nice to see a bunch of fresh faces from time to time. It is also worth noting that demonstrating skills and teaching brings satisfaction and rewards that working alone can not.

We make every effort to provide our clients with a complete picture of Highland life. Our local guides and experts share historical, archaeological and environmental information during evening talks and on site visits. We will also try to ensure that they get a taste of the evening live music sessions which are as much part of the Highlands as the mountains themselves.

Reviews of Yoga and relaxation holiday, Scotland

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 11 May 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Learning to needle felt was very absorbing and I love it! Scenery and walks were amazing too.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for any weather, no matter the time of year. Otherwise prepare to chill out

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely, we met people sharing their skills in felting, yoga, music, and knowledge of the local area. All food was either grown, foraged, or purchased locally and cooked from scratch, all sustainable and tasty too. As guests we were encouraged to use trains to reach the location.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent, would always recommend

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Waking up in the morning and knowing that we're going to do fun stuff, see fantastic scenery, eat delicious food and engage with interesting people without worrying about logistics or anything. Everything sorted! And a cake with candles and a lovely memento.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring clothes you're comfortable in and can add / remove / carry easily to accomodate the interesting variety of weather on offer.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, many instances including a guided walk around a local nature reserve, meeting local artisans, seeing woodland / habitat conservation and conscientious recycling.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was really enjoyable and I would do it again. Rosie and her team are welcoming, thoughtful and talented and the excursions, activities and meals they provided were clearly planned and prepared meticulously and delivered with charm, good humour and élan.

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Really hard to choose, but I think probably the Miranda-like cry from Sarah of "it's a jewel" as we crested a part of Glen Affric in the drenching rain. I laughed so hard. And then admired the vivid greens and small trapped lake that looked like fairies and nymphs should live there. Yet again Rosie had engineered a beautiful and well judged walk.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book in confidence. The relaxation week is thoughtfully planned with just the right rhythm set up, you can trust that it will work. And bring your waterproofs!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Rosie and Alex are a testament to living sustainably and well embedded in the local networks. My favourite bit was the bread every day, made fresh by a local baker.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic. I was lucky to have four other great women in the holiday too, but Rosie and Joanie made it wonderful. When ever I talk about my week with them I literally find my shoulders dropping and my speech slowing down, and the glow returning.

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The yoga, felting, wonderful food and good company

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to join in, lovely place for reading,

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it felt tangible re supporting local community through Rosie and Alex

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Lovely experience, very relaxing, highly recommend it as a great way to spend a
week and come back vitalised

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautiful landscapes athough there are so many special things I will treasure.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to just chill - take a good book

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely - Rosie used locally sourced food as well as people from the local community. It was difficult to avoid goingsby car but we had some great times locally

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10/10 without a doubt

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The visit to Glen Afric and a lovely swim in the river there was terrific. Rosie's cooking and Joanies humour still bring smiles to my face. The combination of efficiency and good organization whilst maintaining a very relaxed and easy going feel.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If travelling by train to Inverness be aware that the left luggage department in Inverness is often closed. If you have to spend time in Inverness there is a left luggage service at the bus station nearby.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, locally sourced, organic home grown food. Encouragement to share a vehicle - and to use public transport -less fuel emissions. Recycling etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really good. Simply cannot think of anything negative to say about it.

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Hard to pick one thing... felting, listening to the storyteller by the fireplace, visiting Glen Affric and the waterfalls, delicious food. It was an unforgettable week of active relaxation!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring rubber boots!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Tears were rolling after my departure, I think that says it all.

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